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Permanent River Commission Soon PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan has said that the government will make new law for river protection and also form a permanent commission.

"The grabbed rivers have become narrowed. The public representatives and powerful persons are responsible for this. Even the government has not been taking any effective measures to prevent it," the minister said addressing a seminar on Buriganga's condition organised by Paribesh Bachao Andolan (save environment movement) at the National Press Club on Saturday.

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CNG Station Owners Threaten Strike PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

CNG filling station owners have threatened to go on strike if the government decision to keep CNG stations closed for six hours every day is not withdrawn by Sep 25.

CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association general secretary Zakir Hossain Nayan told bdnews24.com on Saturday that the station owners had faced great losses as they obeyed the government decision to keep stations shut from 3pm-9pm everyday during a large part of the Ramadan.

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PM Flies to NY with 100 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

Nearly 100 people from different sectors are accompanying prime minister Sheikh Hasina on her New York tour. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, planning minister A K Khandker, deputy speaker Shawkat Ali, foreign minister Dipu Moni, prime minister advisor Gowher Rizvi and ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin are members of the official entourage that left on Saturday.

Her sister Sheikh Rehana, son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed and daughter Saima W Hossain, son-in-law Khandaker Mashroor Hossain, daughter-in-law Kristine Overmire Wazed and Rehana's daughter Azmina Siddique have also been included as members of the official team.

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Flood to Worsen in 9 Districts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Flood situation may worsen in nine districts due to heavy rainfall and flash flood from northern hilly regions.

The flood affected districts are Kurigram, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Faridpur, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Munshiganj and Manikganj.

A Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) bulletin said water level of Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma and Meghna would increase farther in the next one or two days.

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EC Reaffirms Jan-Feb Local Polls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

An election commissioner has reaffirmed the commission's resolve to hold municipal and union council elections by January or February 2011.

Election commissioner Sohul Hossain has said that the commission intends to hold the municipal and Union Parishad polls within January and February.

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100 Villages Celebrate Eid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Over a 100 villages of Madaripur, Shariatpur and Bhola are celebrating Eid earlier than the rest of the country. Around 52,000 people of these villages are celebrating Eid a day or two ahead of when it is likely to fall in Bangladesh claiming to follow Saudi Arabia although Islam's birthplace is expected to celebrate it tomorrow.

These villagers have been observing Eid day following the Saudi schedule for 135 years. They typically celebrate Eid a day ahead of the rest of the country.

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25 More Get Anthrax in 2 Districts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 September 2010

A total of 25 people have been found to be infected with anthrax in Lalmonirhat and Tangail. Fifteen more anthrax affected people were contracted anthrax at Kisamat Harati village in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila in the second day -- raising the total patients to 71 in the district, the district civil surgeon said on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, 56 people were found to be infected with anthrax in the same village. Sirajul Islam Menhaz, an anthrax patient, said that Bhola Miah, a resident of the village, slaughtered his two ailing cows and sold their meat to the villagers. After that, they were infected with anthrax.

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Huji Leader Remanded Again PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 September 2010

The police have been given five days to quiz militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) leader Abu Jandal alias Moinuddin in the August 21 grenade attack case.

Dhaka Third Chief Metropolitan Magistrates' Court judge Mohammad Ali Hossain gave the order on Monday, following a plea from investigation officer Abdul Kahhar Akanda for seven days.

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Khaleda Starts Umra PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 September 2010

Opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has started performing her Umra at Mecca.

Khaleda reached Mecca on Friday night, her spokesperson Maruf Kamal Khan told bdnews24.com.

She has started to perform Umra on Saturday and will offer prayers at Masjidul Haram in the afternoon, said Khan.

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Peelkhana Court Starts Taking Testimony PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 September 2010

A special BDR court at Peelkhana headquarters has begun taking statements from the 667 accused soldiers of the 24 Rifles Battalion.

The Special Court-5, set up at the Darbar Hall of the BDR headquarters, began the proceedings at around 10am with Maj Gen Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, the director general of Bangladesh Rifles, heading the judges' panel.

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'Eid' Rail Ticket Sales Start PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Advance train ticket sales started on Tuesday morning in a bid to ease the hassles of Eid-Ul-Fitr travelers, a senior railway official said.

The sale of the such tickets, popularly referred to as 'Eid' tickets, will continue until Sep 4.

Like every year, tickets can be bought five days in advance from the date of journey from the ticket booths of Kamalapur, Airport, Joydebpur and Sylhet rail stations from 9am to 5pm every day.

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Biman Staff Run Amok at HQ over Pay Hike PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Workers and officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have besieged the national carrier's headquarters in Kurmitola demanding a pay rise in line with the pay scale declared by the government.

The staff have also confined the carrier's managing director Zakiul Islam inside his office in the Balaka Building and vandalised his private secretary's office at one point of their demonstration that started around 11am on Tuesday

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Eden College Student Found 'Hanging From Fan' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 August 2010

The dead body of an Eden College student was found "hanging from a fan" at her in law's house.

Ashulia Police Station officer-in-charge Sirazul Islam said the body of Salma Akter Santa, 22, was recovered from her in-law's house at Savar's Jamgora in Ashulia on Saturday at around 5pm.

Shata's family - who live in the same neighborhood - has claimed that her in-law's family hung her from a ceiling fan after murdering her.

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13,000 New Police in December: Tuku PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 August 2010

The government is planning to appoint thirteen thousand police men in December this year, state minister for home affairs Shamsul Hoque Tuku has said.

Tuku said the government also planned to appoint 32,000 police men during its tenure.

While talking with reporters in Barisal on Saturday, he added that, "The proposal to buy 1,700 cars for the police is under finance ministry's consideration now."

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Water Bus Operations Start PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010

Water buses have started ferrying passengers on the Gabtoli-Sadarghat route in a bid to ease the traffic congestion in Dhaka city.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the service at Gabtoli landing station at 11.30am on Saturday.

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Mirza Abbas Shown Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010

BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas has been shown arrested in pre-hartal violence of Jun 26.

Assistant police commissioner Mohammad Maniruzzaman told bdnews24.com that the former MP was shown arrested for vandalising a car and setting fire in a case filed with the New Market Police Station on Saturday.

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AL Leaders Relieved from 2001 Murder Case PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010

A Dhaka tribunal has relieved Awami League leader HBM Iqbal, MP Nurunnabi Shaon and 12 other people from charges relating to the Malibagh quadruple murder case of 2001.

Judge Shamsun Nahar Begum of Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 gave the order on Thursday based on a recommendation of the home ministry to withdraw the case after dubbing it as a 'political harassment case'.

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Coco Parole Cancellation 'to Hide AL Failure' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010

Main opposition BNP has alleged that the cancellation of Arafat Rahman Coco's parole is a ploy by the Awami League-led government against Zia's family, to hide their failure in ruling the country.

Khandaker Mosarraf Hossain, BNP standing committee member, made this allegation at a protest rally, at the capital's Muktangan, organised to voice the party's opposition to the cancellation of Coco's parole.

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Ershad's Military Regime Illegal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010

In a landmark verdict, the High Court has declared illegal the Seventh Amendment to the constitution that had legalised the autocratic regime of military strongman Hussein Muhammad Ershad.

The bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohammad Zakir Hossain handed down the verdict on Thursday.

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Shah Alam Granted Bail in 4 Cases PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 August 2010

Bashundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam was on Sunday granted bail in four cases where it is alleged he illegally took over government land.

The Bashundhara chairman sought bail after surrendering to Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court at around 10.30am, his lawyer Roknuzzaman Prince confirmed to bdnews24.com.

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'BNP Involved in Attack', Hasina Alleges PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 August 2010

AUG 21 GRENADE ATTACK

There is no doubt that BNP was involved with the Aug 21 grenade attack, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has claimed on Saturday.

This comes after he comments on Friday alleging that a deputy minister of the then BNP-led government was involved in the attack.

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